Teenagers

Teenagers are at a crossroads in life, the vulnerable space between childhood and adulthood. Raising teenagers to be kind, wise, and motivated people is a daunting task, but one that loving parents take on with gusto. Sharing stories about teenagers is a great way to learn from others' experiences, and share your own insights on this important process.
Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons in "Hearts Beat Loud"

SXSW Review: 'Hearts Beat Loud'

Nick Offerman's loveable family drama finds its rhythm.  

Lady Bird

'Lady Bird' Is a Love Letter to Home

Greta Gerwig's coming-of-age story beautifully captures the unique bond between mothers and daughters and how we think of home. 

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First day of high school

First Day of High School

A mom reflects on a son's road to adulthood.

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Close call while on a bicycle.

A Close Call and a Heart Full of Thanks

A mom finds lots to be thankful for after her teenaged son’s spill from a bike in the middle of New York City traffic.

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A mother bears sadness as she cares for her daughter.

When It’s Okay to Be Sad

A mother willingly bears sadness as she cares for her daughter.

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How to begin again on a bad day.

How Faith Can Reboot a Bad Day

When your week gets off to a rough start, begin again with the calming influence of prayer.

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Andrea Freidenthaler with grandson Devon

She Learned to Let Go and Let God Help Her Addicted Grandson

Both her adult son and his son, whom she adopted, struggled with substance abuse. Was her approach to parenting in some way enabling?

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How forgiveness and parenting work together.

How Parenting and Forgiveness Work Together

Forgiveness is about my heart, while parenting is about shaping the heart of my daughter.

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Stuck in traffic.

Stress Isn’t Forever

A traffic jam isn’t forever; uncertainty isn’t forever; even suffering isn’t forever.

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Shelby Spear and her daughter, Kahrin

How She Let Go of Worrying About Her Daughter

Her daughter left on a service trip to Guatemala. Could prayer help this mom manage her anxiety?

father playing with son at home on spring break

5 Cheap Ways to Entertain Your Kids on Spring Break

Make a week out of school more than just watching TV with these fun ideas for bonding with your kids.

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Treating yourself with compassion during Lent

Giving Up Self-Criticism for Lent

Learning to see yourself through God's eyes–as loving, worthy and deserving of compassion

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Putting a lid on fear and anger

Putting a Lid on Fear and Anger

A pause and a prayer help a mom deal with a tense situation.

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Laura Boggs and her daughter Maggie

Snark No More: She Gave Up Sarcasm for Lent

A woman who too often turned to sarcastic judgement of other people shares how her daughter convinced her to give up "snark" for Lent. Look for Laura's story in the March 2017 edition of Guideposts.

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